|COMMUNITY: PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
Elaine Upton was born in Western Australia and raised on a wheat / sheep farm located north-east of Perth. Educated via correspondence, she was an only child and spent much of her time drawing. Her passion for drawing led to her enrolment in a Commercial Art course at Perth’s Technical College under the mentorship of watercolorist Ivor Hunt.
Married and raising two children in Albany, Elaine painted and sculpted as ‘Elaine Bracey’. During this time she was greatly influenced by tutoring artists Henry Froudist and William Boissevain, which led to her being bestowed several local art awards. Later, returning to her former name ‘Elaine Upton’, she completed a Fine Art Diploma at the Claremont School of Art, and began teaching Art to various students within the Perth district.
In 1990’s she began making regular trips to Broome and in 1994 she set off on a solo journey from Perth to Broome and onto Northern Arnhem Land. Being raised within the country, she had already developed an innate passion for painting birds and nature, but the influences of the desert environment with its unsurpassed beauty led to an emphatic influence in Outback Landscape depictions.
Elaine Upton’s extensive travel throughout Australia has provided her a valuable insight into this ancient land’s vastness, remoteness and intrigued her with its mystery, people and their culture.
Elaine has been painting for redrock gallery since 1995
PROFESSIONAL TRAINING / EDUCATION:
• Diploma in Fine Arts, Claremont School of Fine Arts, Western Australia.
• Commercial Art Course, Perth Technical College- studied under watercolorists Ivor Hunt.
1966 Watercolors, Group Exhibition with Albury Art Group, Vict.
1968/1970/1974: 6VA Albury Art Prize: Oil Acquisitive
1973 Solo Exhibition, Claremonts School of Fine Art,
Cable Beach Club Artist Residence, W.A.
1986: Margaret River Shire Art Prize Watercolor “Breaking Wave”
1988: WA Art Society 1st Prize Oil “Cottlesloe Beach”
1991: Fremantle Wool Stores 1st Oil “Fry High”
1992: Williams Watercolor Art Award
1993 Kimberley Contours-Watercolors, Burswood, WA.
1994 Territory Impressions, Darwin, N.T.
1994: Finalist in Watercolor “The Burnt Land” in Windsor and Newton National Art Award
1995 Selected Images, Accent Subiaco Gallery, W.A.
Three Womens Exhibition, St Georges Terrace, Perth, W.A.
Watercolors of the Landscape, Mogo
1994 Paintings and Portraits, Brighton, Le Sands, N.S.W.
1997 Group Exhibition, Portsea, Victoria.
2001 Watercolor Landscapes, Joondalup, W.A.
2005 Opening Exhibition, redrock gallery, South Yarra, Victoria.
2006 redrock gallery, Group Exhbition, Relocation Exhibition, South Yarra, Australia
2007 June redrock gallery, Group Exhibition, Gallery Grand Opening Beijing, P.R China
2007 July redrock gallery, Group Exhibition China World Exhibition Centre, Beijing P.R
2007 Auguest redrock gallery, Group Exhibition, Grand Hyatt Hotel,Beijing, P.R China
2007 November redrock gallery, Group Exhibition, International Art Expo, Beijing, P.R China
2008 April redrock gallery, Opening Exhibition, RRG 2nd Beijing Gallery Opening, Beijing, P.R China
2013 March redrock gallery, Group Exhibition, DRC, Beijing, P.R China
2013 April redrock gallery, Group Exhibition, Australian Embassy, Beijing, P.R China
SELECTED COLLECTIONS & AWARDS:
• Mem Aziz, Melbourne, Australia
• H.M.A.S. Leewin Chapel Fremantle
• Sir Claude Hotchin
• Various private collections locally and internationally.
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